Now, one that launched to cater to the kind of people who grow crops—Farmers Only.com—has reached a milestone.Jerry Miller, a marketing executive who founded the site in 2005 after a divorced farm owner complained to him about a lack of like-minded people in her dating pool, says it has more than 200,000 subscribers."She said, 'I'm afraid I'm not going to meet anybody new—I know everybody in town,'" Miller recalled in a recent interview with Yahoo News.
The most challenging part of growing its user base, Miller said, is showing people the ropes."The learning curve is a lot different for us," Miller said.
"I spent thousands of hours coaching people on how to use the site, send messages—even just teaching them how to upload their photos." (One user, Lyle from Kansas, would call him often, saying, "Jerry, I'm looking at my photo, I just can't figure out how to get it on there.")The site also had to wait for technology to catch up in rural towns, too.
"When we launched, everybody had phone modems," Miller said.
"Connections were slow, so we had to keep it simple."success stories about married couples that met on Farmers Only, something in which Miller—who got married long before the Internet came along—takes extra pride." data-reactid="35"There are plenty of success stories about married couples that met on Farmers Only, something in which Miller—who got married long before the Internet came along—takes extra pride."Lots of these people are really, really lonely," Miller said.
"When you walk outside in New York, there are 10,000 people within three blocks.
In some of these rural towns, there are three people within 10 miles.